Peloponesse is a large region with varied topography and geological
characteristics that accounts for around 30% of the total wine output in Greece.
In the medieval times Peloponesse was particularly known for its southern
port city of Monemvasia, which gave its name to Malvasia wine (the
English corruption of Malmsey)
In modern times, the most important viticultural sub-regions include Nemea, the heartland of
the red Agiorgitiko grape, Mantinia and Patras.
The Peloponesse region is mainly devoted to white wines, of which the
prolific Roditis grape is one of the most planted, especially in the
north. There are different clones producing wines of varied quality although
serious producers have isolated quality clones, and they practice low-yield
viticulture on high altitude vineyards for best results. Roditis wines are
fleshy and full-bodied, dry with fairly low acidity and aromas reminiscent of
melons and peaches. Alongside Roditis, Moschofilero produces aromatic
white and rose wines with high acidity and low alcohol.
Agiorgitiko produces some of the finest examples of indigenous red
wines, sometimes blended with a small proportion of locally planted Cabernet
Sauvignon and/or Merlot.
Mavrodafni, the signature cultivar of Patras, is probably one of the
longest established Greek varieties in the foreign markets. It is responsible
for the lusciously sweet, red fortified wine of the same name under the
Mavrodafni of Patras